I'm working on a project for Macbeth, doing a funeral honoring Macbeth. I need help writing a eulogy of about a page or less. I'm supposed to be the spirit of King Duncan as if he doesn't know...

I'm working on a project for Macbeth, doing a funeral honoring Macbeth. I need help writing a eulogy of about a page or less. I'm supposed to be the spirit of King Duncan as if he doesn't know Macbeth was the one who killed him. I want to say how skilled of a fighter he was and talk about how brave he was and how much love I (Duncan) have for him. Thanks!

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Macbeth is the tragic tale of a desperate man who is so overwrought by his ambition and his thoughts of being king, with a wife so forceful, aggressive and insistent that he is unable to rationalize his decisions and make good choices. Preparing a eulogy by an unsuspecting Duncan will allow the reader to concentrate on the brave Macbeth and his potential had he made some more considered decisions. 

A eulogy is a tribute to a deceased person and gives a relative or friend an opportunity to say the things he or she may have never said previously and to honor and celebrate the life of the deceased. Duncan's spirit would probably want a sombre mood with sad undertones at Macbeth's lost potential. This may assist you to prepare something appropriate. 

Friends and countrymen

I greet you today from a place far removed from your imaginations. I would like to begin by advising you with absolute certainty that my loyal and trusted kinsman Macbeth is now relishing his time beyond the reach of the wicked and evil forces sent to destroy us all and which I beseech you to be vigilant against. 

I knew Macbeth as a dependable and noble captain who fought valiantly and courageously in honor of his king. "O valiant cousin! worthy gentleman" (I.i.24) he was and his title of Thane of Cawdor was but the beginning of a promising future. I had intended great things for the admirable Macbeth and his beautiful and supportive wife who has also met her unfortunate end. I recall Macbeth's steadfastness as he fought the evil and treacherous men whom he thought were his countrymen. His reward will now be of a higher power and nothing can match the supreme gift he will receive beyond the grave. "More is [thy] due than more than all can pay" (I.iv.21) to the faithful Macbeth.

I remember his hospitality, his unfailing desire to provide and entertain his guests. Together with Lady Macbeth, he made a most generous and gracious host whom none could fault and in their zealous attempts to provide comfort and support, they never once thought of their own gains. None would have thought such treacherous citizens would feign allegiance to myself and my devoted cousin, filling themselves with "direst cruelty" (I.v.40) in an attempt to destroy the throne of Scotland.   

Stand up. Rally support. Do not be defeated or afraid. My death and that of the fearless Macbeth must stand for something and I implore you to defend and protect the crown and bravely defend Scotland against the "watchful tyranny" (V.viii.66) that surrounds us. 

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